Sustainability

"Change is Possible!" handwritten.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

When Little Things Turn into Big Change: Small Steps that Make a Huge Difference

Solving climate change comes down to making everyday choices.

The exterior of the Science Museum of Minnesota in spring
Monday, April 13, 2020

Inside the Science Museum’s Green Goals

Waste. Water. Sustainable products. Discover how the Science Museum is making their facility a more sustainable place.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Hamilton's view of COP25: Science Museum representative is on the ground at the international climate conference

Patrick Hamilton, the Science Museum's director of Global Change Initiatives, is in Madrid this week attending the COP25 internation climate conference. Follow along as he shares his perspective of the climate negotiations as a member of We Are Still In, a bipartisan network that is committed to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and addressing the causes of climate change.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Solar arrays can improve water quality, but placement matters!

Harvesting energy from the sun has clear benefits as we look for solutions for a more sustainable future. Science Museum scientists Patrick Hamilton and Shawn Schottler have an idea for how we can place solar arrays strategically on farmland to improve water quality, support pollinators and livestock, and provide economic benefits to local farmers.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Science Museum researcher travels to Greenland for an international research project on water quality in the face of climate change

The Science Museum's St. Croix Watershed Research Station is home to a team of scientists who study water around the world in an effort to better understand the challenges facing clean water and our relationship with this most precious resource. This summer, a member of the team traveled to Greenland, joining scientists from around the world in studying some of the planet's most pristine lakes. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Science Museum demonstrates technique to aid urban reforestation efforts

A gravel bed on the Science Museum's plaza is a living exhibit about a simple way that we can help our cities' tree populations recover from pests like the emerald ash borer.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Science Museum is proud to be a leading member of We Are Still In

The Science Museum was one of the first cultural organizations to join We Are Still In, a national coalition of organizations that are commited to demonstrating America's commitment to tackling climate change. Patrick Hamilton, director of Global Change Initiatives, believes that science centers and other museums are uniquely positioned to advance awareness of climate issues, and with his help, the museum is an example for the industry.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Hamilton shares Science Museum successes at international climate conference

Patrick Hamilton, the Science Museum’s director of Global Change Initiatives, is attending COP24, the international climate conference, in Katowice, Poland.

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